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Know Your Reading Style
This is a very important factor in your intelligence and success, but also the most difficult to crucify before medical school. In college we can avoid bad study habits as academic strength is relatively low. Once you have started med school and are drinking water from the fire pipe of the proverb, you will soon see that mastering your learning strategies is the only way to succeed and have any balance in your life. You can learn more about these blog posts and video study methods. Looking back, I wish I knew how to go to college. I would have had a lot of free time pursuing some of my hobbies with excellent academic performance and time-saving. I’m not saying I didn’t study hard, because I did. I have not learned wisdom, and you may learn very well.
Discipline is your best friend
Discipline is a muscle that requires constant exercise. If you apply a lot of discipline every day, life becomes easier. Hard work is no longer so difficult once you have self-control and self-control. While this may not be so important in college, discipline is important in medical school when you feel like you don’t have enough hours a day. Something as simple as going to the gym every day at the same time will translate into an easy time to maintain good study habits, healthy eating, and a proper sleep schedule.
Prioritize Your Free Time and Don’t Spread Too Much
Find out which of your two or three major activities bring you happiness and make sure you always make time for it. Bonus points if it is a form of exercise. Three of my family went to the gym, cycling, and cars. I then developed habits to integrate these activities into my normal life. I would pick up at least four times a week, ride my bicycle to and from the classroom whenever possible, and sometimes take a long bike ride with my friends on weekends. I also reached out to as many car and coffee events and autocross as possible to further my love of cars. At first, I was very thin at medical school, trying various jobs that I found to be less enjoyable. Sometimes that test is necessary, however, to find where your preferences are. Once you’ve figured out what brings you happiness, decide for yourself.
Take Your Time
Yes, it is possible; and the answer here is that reading skillfully is not difficult. Many people write medical school like these four years of darkness where you lock yourself in a library and do nothing but study. While you may need to learn more than you did in college, realize that a happy and balanced life is possible. Some blocks and rotations are stronger than others, but you are in the same boat with all your classmates. Don’t forget to have fun with the people around you and get help if you happen to be in the wrong place. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that you have to grind every day and take out the less important things in your life. Remember that you can only be a doctor and take care of patients once you start caring for them.
Efficiency is a Game Name
Time is your most precious asset and a lot of effort every minute will help you – both in medical school and in general health. Are you taking a study break? Spend 10 minutes doing something you should do, such as bathing. Picking up a grocer? As you head to the store to pick up your roommates and hopefully they will repay you kindly. Waiting for the bus stop? Remove the Anki cards or reply to those emails earlier in the week. Effectiveness is linked to intentional time-wasting. If you set aside the next two hours for study, be sure to focus and study. If you give yourself time to exercise or relax, be fully present and enjoy the activities. There is no need to try to combine work with play. You end up not doing much and you may not feel refreshed in the end.
Learn to manage your money wisely.
Unless you have a wealthy uncle who finances your medical school work or you have a huge legacy from your grandparents, chances are you will find that your finances are a challenge while you are studying medical school. One of the best ways to learn to manage your finances is to set a budget. While it is best to do this as soon as possible in your medical school education, creating a budget is always helpful. Determining what costs are fixed – your car bill, rent, and health insurance premium, for example – and those variables – clothing, restaurant, and grocery – can help you decide where you can cut down easily. Other ideas include packing your food and brewing coffee at home instead of eating and buying regular products instead of brand-name products. You can also buy clothes when they are on sale or at the end of the season.
Keep in touch with family and friends at home.
Now that you are a medical student, staying in touch with your family and friends can help you stay balanced or focused at times when you feel like you miss home or need a familiar voice to drive. On the other hand, you will have some important events that you would like to share with your family and friends. Make sure you keep an open line of communication with them, not just in times of uncertainty. If you are thousands of miles away, use Zoom, FaceTime, and other video messaging tools often and surprise your friends and family at home with letters, cards, or postcards.
Know your academic calendar and share it with your friends and family. You will have summer breaks, autumn breaks, holidays, and spring breaks. Some breaks will be longer than others. Know which breaks give you the most time, ahead of time, to make travel plans. If you have to make an early advance to make those travel plans, the cost of airline tickets is less expensive (usually). You can also give your friends and family the option to visit you; perhaps, they would like to see your good medical school campus at some point.